Data Principles

8 Data Principles for UNDP

personal data

Embed ‘privacy by design’ into all data practices. Get informed consent and ensure data are anonymized before publishing.

Uphold the highest
ethical standards

Anchor data practices in the UN Charter and international human rights frameworks. Ensure that data processes and partnerships serve the public good.

Manage Data

Practice effective data stewardship and governance to ensure sound data quality, security and accountability. In accordance with relevant institutional policies and regulations.

Make data open
by default

Make data available as widely as possible. No ‘data hoarding’



Support is available from the CDO and OIMT to assist with making your data available.

Plan for reusability
and interoperability

Maximise the value of our data by ensuring it is usable in multiple domains. Make use of open standards and machine-readable formats in order to improve interoperability.

Empower people
to work with data

Provide people with the technology and data literacy skills to be able to effectively work with and understand data. Support governments, local communities and civil society partners to strengthen data and statistical capacities.

frontiers of data

Explore emerging practices and innovative technologies to increase data availability and expand coverage of under-represented groups through data collection and disaggregation.

Be aware of
data limitations

Assess gaps, risks and bias in the use of data. Actively question blind spots and potential negative implications of data use.